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Monitoring plan for sex offender withdrawn

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/11/2016 Sean Martin
Stuart Murray Wilson © TVNZ Stuart Murray Wilson

An opposition party is criticising the Department of Corrections for withdrawing an application for person-to-person monitoring of notorious sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson.

Wilson, known as "the beast of Blenheim", was jailed in 1996 for 21 years for offences including rape and sexual assault between 1972 and 1994.

He was paroled in 2012 to live in a house in Whanganui Prison grounds under an extended supervision order.

Corrections intended putting in place person-to-person monitoring, meaning his every move would be watched, but Wilson challenged it and a court hearing was scheduled for Monday.

The department has withdrawn the application, saying he was behaving well enough under already strict conditions, Fairfax reports.

NZ First's corrections spokesman, Mahesh Bindra, says Wilson should be under intense 24/7 monitoring.

"The public should be concerned that Corrections has made a U-turn on the intensive monitoring, relying instead on a failed electronic monitoring system," he said.

"The government has clearly not learned from previous breaches of electronic monitoring."

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